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A blog for parents of children in Owl Class - starting reception 2020-21.

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  • Water Play

    Published 10/10/20, by Sarah Mellor

    Hi all, it's been another super week with your wonderful children. This week the children have immersed themselves (literally) in water play. The team work, communication and language and creativity have been in abundance, but apologies if you have received a bag of wet clothes this week.

    In maths we have been comparing objects by amounts, size and length using the language more, fewer, big, small, tallest and shortest. In phonics we have introduced the sounds f,e,l,h and r (see Seesaw for videos and practice sheets). In literacy we have been listening, learning and retelling the story 'The Little Red Hen'. Below is a story map incase your child would like to retell you the story at home (in our story their was a cow, dog and mouse that wouldn't help the Little Red Hen).

    Thank you so much for all the boxes that have come in this week.  We are planning on making homes for our tray toys next week, so please keep them coming in.

    Just on the subject of toys from home, we have had a few toys from home that have managed to sneak their way through the gate in the morning.  Can we ask that no other toys are brought into school please. It tends to cause upset when they can't find them or when other children want to play with them as well as the extra risk of COVID-19 contamination.  We could send tray toys home next Friday if your child would like to bring in a different one next half term.

    Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

    The Reception team XXX

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  • Boxes Please!

    Published 02/10/20, by Sarah Mellor

    This week we have introduced our making trolley.  The children have loved getting creative, junk-modelling and coming up with their own inventions.  If you could donate any boxes (nothing too big please), tubes, yoghurt pots, plastic bottles that would normally so that they can continue to be creative, we'd really appreciate it.  We will quarantine items that come in for 72 hours before they are placed on the trolley for the children to use.   Hopefully you will receive lots of creations for your child to talk to you about at home!

    Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

    Thank you for your continued support.

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  • A wonderful wet welly Wednesday

    Published 23/09/20, by Helen Ingle

    Thank you for all of the waterproofs that have come in for Welly Wednesday!

    The children were fantastic self managers and Mrs Deegan and Mrs Oliver worked their magic to get the whole class suited and booted, ready for exploring.

    Looking for signs of Autumn, making wands and leaf creations were a few of the things on the agenda!

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  • Happy Week!

    Published 18/09/20, by Sarah Mellor

    We sent home some very tired children at the end of their first full week at school but they have been absolutely fabulous.  All staff have commented on how settled at Crossdale the Reception class are.  They have amazed us on how quickly they have got into our class routines.

    This week in literacy we have made up our own story (Panda and The Leaky Boat) and had fun together retelling it with actions.  You should find a map of the story in their book bag so that they can retell the story to you at home.  There is also a picture of the map below.

    We have also started teaching phonics in the classroom. The children have responded very well to this no matter their prior knowledge.  Once we have taught a new sound, the children then practise writing it.  Hopefully you have all seen the 'Seesaw' messages with the handwriting practise sheets for you to print off for your child to practise at home.

    The children have also drawn their first monthly self-portrait this week.  They are great tool to see their drawing progression over the year.

    As well as all this the children have had plenty of opportunities to play and use the classroom resources.  We've seen some super sharing, turn taking and listening to each other this week for which the children have been earning lots of stamps on their stamp charts.

    Once again, can we say a huge thank you for all of your help in settling and preparing your children for school. We're definitely in for a wonderful year with your super star children.

    The Reception team

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  • First week of School!

    Published 11/09/20, by Sarah Mellor

    The children have made a flying start to their time at Crossdale! This week we have been learning the routine of the day, listened to stories, enjoying play both inside and outside and talked about what a good friend is.  Below are some photos to give you a taster of their week.  You may like to share these with your child so that they can talk about what they have enjoyed doing this week.  

    Thank you for all of your support in getting your children settled into school.

    Mrs Mellor & Mrs Ingle


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  • Reception Information

    Published 08/09/20, by Helen Ingle

    During the first few weeks of term we would normally have a Reception Parents Information meeting to pass on a bit more of the 'nitty gritty' of what your child will experience in their first year in school. 

    Due to a change in our current circumstances we have provide this in the form of a powerpoint presentation. 

    We hope you find this useful information and as always we are available via email for any queries or questions.

    kind regards

    Mrs Ingle and Mrs Mellor


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  • Ready For School

    Published 06/09/20, by Helen Ingle

    On Tuesday some children will be bringing a lunchbox to school so we thought we'd send a photo of what this might look like.

    It would be really helpful if the long strap on the book bags could be removed ( less of  a trip hazard as well as making the bags much easier to store in the classroom). 

    Also, please  carry water bottles rather than put them in the book bags.

    Thank you for your support. 

    See you tomorrow.

    The Reception Team X


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  • We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday!

    Published 03/09/20, by Helen Ingle
    Hello Owls
    We are setting up the classroom in preparation to see you on Monday. We are looking forward to a first week of getting to know you, making new friends and having fun learning our new routines.
    We have made a short video for you to watch to remind you of what you need to bring with you on Monday morning.  
    Just to remind you that Monday is 9am-12.00, Tuesday is 9am-1pm (including lunch) and Wednesday is the first full day.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Mrs Mellor and Mrs Ingle
    Ps. We promise to work on our video presentations! :)
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  • next week's meetings

    Published 19/07/20, by Helen Ingle

    We are really looking forward to meeting up with you next week. Please arrive at the appointment time and wait outside the Hive (wooden building next to the entrance gate) and we will come and meet you.

    The ordered school uniform has arrived and is ready for you to collect at the meeting.

    Take Care

    Mrs Mellor and Mrs Ingle


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  • Meet the teachers

    Published 24/06/20, by Helen Ingle

    As part of your child's transition to school we are planning to invite you and your child for a visit during the week 20th-24th July.

    The purpose of this meeting is for you and your child  to meet us, have a look at the learning environment and tell us any information about your child which will help with their transition.

    We hope most of your questions will have been answered by reading the School Handbook and the powerpoint which is on the Owl Blog. 

    We will have picture books available for your child to look at during the meeting but they won't be able to interact with the environment in the usual way. Both parents can attend with their child along with siblings if necessary.

    We will meet one family at a time for approximately 10-15 minutes.

    Time slots will be available between 2.30pm and 5.30pm Monday-Friday from 20th -24th July. An online booking system will be put in place and available shortly. We will text you when this is live.

    We are looking forward to meeting you.

    Mrs Mellor and Mrs Ingle


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  • Starting School Information

    Published 17/06/20, by Helen Ingle

    A big hello to all our new owls. We are so excited to be welcoming you to our school. Please find two links and an attached booklet below with lots of information to get you ready for starting school in September. 

    It would be really helpful if you could email us with details of which pre school provision your child attends so we can get in touch with them for transition information.

    We will be phoning everyone over the next couple of weeks but if you have any urgent questions please email us at

    Mrs Mellor and Mrs Ingle

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  • Welcome from Mr Cresswell!

    Published 08/06/20, by Peter Cresswell

    We are delighted that you have chosen Crossdale and look forward to working with you over the coming months to ensure your child has the best possible start to school life. Whether this is your first child joining Crossdale, or you have had other children pass through our school, we know how important it is that you get all the information you need to prepare for school life.

    The current coronavirus situation means our transition will need to be different this year - we typically arrange pupil visits and parents' meetings to share information and help you and your child get a feel for life at Crossdale. As such,  the meeting we had planned for the 16th June will not go ahead. However, we will be sharing information and contacting you over the next week or so in a range of different ways:

    • Your child will be in 'Owl Class'. We have created a blog here and have subscribed you so you should get emails when it is updated.
    • There is an email address - - which will be live from 15th June where you can send questions about transition  arrangements for September (Please allow up to a working week for a reply)
    • Mrs Ingle and Mrs Mellor will  be contacting you by phone to touch base and get to know you and your child a little better.
    • We have prepared a powerpoint with key information about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum,  which will be shared on this blog next week.
    • Miss Cuttell in the office will be contacting you about issues linked to administration (Please complete the pupil data form she has sent previously if you haven't done so already)
    • We frequently update the school website, so have a browse if you have time and would like to learn more about the school.

    I'm sure you understand that the government's plans for schools in September have not been announced, but as soon as they are we will update you.

    Please let us know us if there are any adjustments we need to make to support you as we plan for September. We hope you and your child will enjoy your years at Crossdale, and we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our ‘family’!

    Kind regards,

    Mr Cresswell


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